In an in-depth conversation with Zakir Hussain, Nasreen Munni Kabir takes the readers through the story of his life: how he was deemed an unlucky child; the early years of growing up in Mahim; his training from age four with his extraordinary father; and his experiences and memories working with a host of legendary musicians, including Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Ustad Vilayat Khan.
A born storyteller, Zakir speaks with humour and humility of his understanding of music, his relationship with his students, his dedication and love for the tabla, and the way he negotiates life as an acclaimed celebrity living in both America and India. Zakir Hussain: A Life in Music is a brilliant introduction to the life and times of a huge music star, a revered role model and a visionary world musician.
Zakir Hussain is an international music phenomenon. Tabla virtuoso, composer and percussionist, he is the eldest son of the legendary Ustad Allarakha Qureshi. Zakir gave his first public concert at the age of seven and was immediately hailed as a child prodigy. In later years, his masterful dexterity and creative genius led to him being one of the most sought-after accompanists to the very best of Hindustani classical musicians and dancers. He is also recognized as one of the foremost contemporary jazz and world music percussionists.Nasreen Munni Kabir is a London-based film-maker/author who has made dozens of documentaries on Hindi cinema and written sixteen books on the subject. She curates the annual Indian film season on UKs Channel 4 TV.
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